Ep. 22 Creating in Community feat. John Gennaro Devlin

Ep. 22 Creating in Community feat. John Gennaro Devlin

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director John Gennaro Devlin joins Elena Armijo to talk about living in light of your values, the importance of relationships when you’re creating change, how to create a bridge between the artistic,...


Wheeling Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director John Gennaro Devlin joins Elena Armijo to talk about living in light of your values, the importance of relationships when you’re creating change, how to create a bridge between the artistic, business, and blue-collar communities, and more!

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What do values have to do with leadership? Too often, we are either not clear on our values or do not make our decisions based on them. When we aren’t living from our values, we can limit or destroy our impact in the world. So, how do we get clear on what our values are? Elena recommends an exercise from Brene Brown, which you can use to help clarify your values and determine if you are making decisions in alignment with them. 

In her Weekly Coaching Tip, Elena provides insight and resources so you can discover your values and lead from them. In her interview segment, Elena Armijo speaks with conductor and music director at the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, John Gennaro Devlin. Originally from New York, he wanted to become a professional clarinetist, but, due to his outgoing personality, he pivoted into a role that he says, “Felt like home.” Now, at the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, John excels at creating a familial culture amongst the musicians and staff and creating bonds in his politically diverse community. In this episode, John shares why it’s vital an organization's decisions are aligned with its values, how beginning professionals can change their mindset so they can excel in their careers, why the orchestra is showcasing current American composers, what he’s doing to create relationships in his community, and more!

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This podcast was produced by the following amazing team:

John Biethan, President of Imagine Podcasting

Sam De Santo, Creative Director

Rye Taylor, Podcast Design Strategist & Producer

Alan Meaney, Audio Engineer

Meg McCarley, Brand Designer & Social Media Manager

Raejan Noh, Content Writer

Aaron Boykin, Musician & Artist (Get updates about Aaron’s music via Instagram)

Elena Armijo

Executive & Leadership Coach, PCC
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John Gennaro Devlin

Music Director: Wheeling Symphony Orchestra

Conductor John Gennaro Devlin is an ardent champion of American music, an innovator of concert design, and a thought leader in the field of classical music. In his third season as Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Devlin is only the ninth conductor in its 90-year history to hold that title and, at 36, is one of the nation’s youngest music directors to lead a professional symphony orchestra.